Re: A comment in Teresa's letter about the Automark needs more information

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 06 2005 - 23:06:01 CDT

Hello Teresa:

Did that satisfy the disabled person who had the
problem with the Automark? Regardless, I'm very
pleased by this development.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

--- Teresa Hommel <tahommel@earthlink.net> wrote:

> The Automark as demonstrated on May 3 in Syracuse NY
> has a privacy
> sleeve (cardboard folder).
>
> The unmarked ballot is placed into the folder by the
> election worker. No
> one can see the ballot face while the ballot is in
> the folder. The human
> assistant (of the voter who cannot manually handle
> their own ballot)
> carries the folder with the ballot in it to the
> Automark, places the
> folder on the Automark, and pushes the ballot
> forward by touching the
> ballot through a small opening in the folder. This
> causes the Automark
> to pull the ballot into the Automark.
>
> The voter the uses the various devices attached to
> the Automark to vote
> on the ballot. The ballot comes out of the Automark
> directly back into
> the folder. No one can view the ballot face or the
> votes on the ballot.
> The human assistant places the folder on the optical
> scanner, pushes the
> ballot forward by touching the ballot through the
> small opening. This
> causes the optical scanner to pull the ballot into
> the optical scanner.
>
> The law and the idea of the private and independent
> vote is that no one
> can view the voter's votes.
>
> That has been accomplished with this well-designed
> folder, I believe
> designed by some elections folks in the midwest.
>
> Teresa Hommel
>
>
> Ed Kennedy wrote:
>
> >
>
<http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/April.2005/0027.html>
> >
> > Hello Ron and Teresa:
> >
> > Arthur caught this little article above about the
> AutoMark and I dug
> > it out of the archives for you. Actually, it's
> really a case of how
> > shameless and desperate the DRE manufacturers are
> to use the fact
> > that quadriplegics might have to handle the
> ballots as an allegedly
> > valid excuse to not have paper ballots. Sooner
> than we think,
> > many quadriplegics will get remote control arm
> like devices attached
> > to their wheel chairs and be able to handle paper
> ballots with
> > reasonable privacy. Until then though, it goes
> way beyond reasonable
> > accommodation IMHO to claim that the existence of
> quadriplegic are a
> > valid excuse for all of us to not use paper
> ballots.
> >
> > --
> >
> > Thanks, Edmund R. Kennedy
> >
> > Always work for the common good.
> >
> > 10777 Bendigo Cove
> > San Diego, CA 92126-2510
> > USA
> >
> > I blog now and then at:
> <http://ekennedyx.blogspot.com/>
> >
>
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